Reluctant Rockstar: Reluctant Rockstar #1 by Frances Fox

Reluctant Rockstar is the first novella in the Reluctant Rockstar series. Being a famous rockstar doesn't thrill Martin anymore, he'd rather be working in his large garden at home. Simon is the temporary gardener and a big temptation, but Martin hasn't had a relationship in years, and he's due back out on tour. Can Simon convince Martin that he doesn't have to live the rockstar life anymore?

From the blurb:

A tired rock star and a judgemental gardener…what could possibly go wrong?
The Purple Lizards are a rock world phenomenon, but lead singer Martin’s tired of his rock-and-roll
persona. He’d rather be at home with his garden. When he gets home from tour he finds his gardener has had a heart attack and Simon, his grandson, is helping him out. Simon’s different to Fred. He talks, for a start. Martin and Fred have a perfectly functional friendship based on long silences and discussions about heritage vegetables. Simon talks about personal things as well. It makes Martin prickly.
Simon’s at a bit of a loss. He stepped up to help his grandfather whilst he was in hospital despite his misgivings about the absent Martin. But Fred clearly likes him, which is unusual. Fred prefers plants to people. That he actively likes a rock star who used to smash up hotel rooms is really strange. Simon’s reserving judgement. Apparently the band have a break in their tour coming up. He’ll see whether he can work for the man once he’s spent some time with him.
A tired rock star and a judgemental gardener…what could possibly go wrong?

SNik's Review:

First in series (Reluctant Rockstar). Age gap. Light BDSM. Dual POV. Quick read. 

Martin is tired of the rock and roll lifestyle, preferring his garden at home over big city stadiums. When he returns home for a break from touring he is met with his gardener's grandson helping with his garden. Attraction and a connection builds as Martin and Simon spend time working in the garden together, but Martin has a rockstar career to get back to, and the younger Simon is his employee. 

This is a short story so Martin and Simon fall quickly, you get to know their motivations and a little background with brief glimpses of secondary characters that give a quick picture of Martin and Simon’s lives outside of gardening. 

Two likable characters that fit together and give each other a reason to reach for their HEA.

Rating: 4.25 Stars

Heather's Review:

I enjoyed seeing Martin and Simon's relationship unfold... from an unfortunate meet-cute to bonding over plants, the two of them fit well together and I love that Simon simplified Martin's world and let him have what he needed.

It's a fast paced story, so you get a fairly instant connection and a quick moving romance.  I liked the interactions with Simon's grandfather and Martin's bandmates and I look forward to seeing where this story goes.

Rating: 4 Stars

Reluctant Rockstar is available buy as an ebook